28.7.11

WHY IT MATTERS.  Jason Fertig responds to yet another lament about uninterested and disengaged students.
Complaining about students is fun; yet with every speculation as to why millennials hate reading, solutions must be put forth if anything is to change. One of the first steps that helped me increase rigor is convincing myself that my students are academically motivated. Contrary to popular belief, many students do want to be challenged. If they have “to read more than they are used to” in order to pass a course, many of them will jump over that bar.

Pessimistically teaching to the lowest common denominator is a recipe for misery.
Exactly, and using first-generation-non-traditional-working-diverse as a mandate for diminished expectations is patronizing.

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